Phyllis J. Ocean
Phyllis J. Ocean is an attorney focusing on real estate law and complex commercial transactions, including acquisition, disposition and financing of real estate and business enterprises. She assists her clients with all aspects of closing, as well as contract negotiation and preparation, property information and document review, and business entity formation. Ms. Ocean has been a licensed escrow officer in Texas for more than 25 years and in the title industry experience matters. She has extensive knowledge of both the legal and title insurance issues involved in bringing residential and commercial real estate transactions to a successful settlement. Her staff of skilled escrow officers is trained to handle residential purchase and sales, refinancing, home equity and new construction loans through prompt and effective communication with all parties to the transaction. Ms. Ocean brings her years of talent and title experience to each transaction, whether residential or commercial, providing valuable guidance in the closing process. If a title defect, lien or any other closing issue arises during the process, Ms. Ocean is available to resolve the issue. She is a Fee Attorney for Stewart Title Company, primarily closing transactions in Harris, Fort Bend, Waller, Montgomery, Galveston, Brazoria and Liberty counties, in Texas. Her goal is to provide excellent service to all parties and to guide each transaction to a smooth and seamless escrow settlement.
- JD, South Texas College of Law Houston
- BS, University of Houston Downtown, Magna Cum Laude
- Houston Bar Association
- Texas Bar Association
- College of the State Bar of Texas
- Florida Bar Association
- Texas Land Title Association, Individual Member
- Member and Past Co-Chair (2015-2016) of the HAY (Houston Alumni Youth) Center Committee of the Houston Bar Association
Not Board Certified by Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Margaret Hermis- Escrow Officer
Margaret is a 6th generation Houstonian and has lived here her entire life. She has been in the title business for over 24 years following in the footsteps of her mother who has been in the title business herself for over 42 years. She began her escrow career in 1993 as an abstract clerk in the title plant, moving her way to becoming an escrow assistant and bookkeeper for many years. She prides herself in her extensive knowledge of handling both residential and commercial sales as well as refinances and home equity loans. She wants to ensure that you receive quality customer service, as well as a smooth and successful escrow transaction. Margaret is committed to providing attentive service to every customer who walks into her office. She is always there to help address any concerns her client’s may have, answer their questions and navigate them through the escrow process.
Margaret is also a proud wife and mother to two young sons. To her, FAMILY is the most important aspect of her life. She enjoys painting, traveling, bowling and most of all playing with her boys. When she is not working, and taking care of her family she loves to give back to the community as a volunteer on the Ladies Go Texan Committee for the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo.
Charlene Ballantyne brings more than 25 years of knowledge and experience in the financial services, title and legal industry to the closing table. Charlene began her career in the title industry in 1983 and was soon recruited by a group of investors whose business plan was acquiring and rehabilitating beleaguered title companies. She was an integral part of the team restructuring these acquisitions and integrating them into the business operation. Charlene’s mortgage and financial services background includes extensive experience in closing acquisitions of multimillion dollar mortgage portfolios.
Charlene believes that integrity and attention to detail are elemental to success in the title industry. She takes personal pride in the excellence of her work product, thereby building her clients’ confidence that their transaction will close smoothly. Her commitment to service allows her to anticipate the needs of her customers and surmount any obstacles to a smooth closing. Her energy, enthusiasm and expertise are apparent in each and every transaction.